I’ve been using AI tools to help grow my one-man business for the past year. Honestly, it’s been a game-changer. For example, with the help of AI, I was able to DOUBLE my income last year without working more hours. My business model didn’t change, and I didn’t hire anyone. The only thing that changed was how I used AI to work more productively and efficiently. So I thought I’d share some of the ways that I’m currently using AI to make money in 2023.
YouTube: A Powerful Platform for Content Creation
I’ve been creating faceless YouTube channels for a few years now. At this point, I have several channels in various “boring” niches. But combined, they add up to a substantial monthly income from both YouTube Adsense and affiliate products. Most of the videos I create are evergreen, meaning the content should be relevant for at least a few years.
Last year, I started using the Jasper AI writing assistant to help speed up the process of coming up with video topics, titles, and scripts. Jasper can also write SEO-optimized YouTube descriptions. With Jasper's help, I can create content more efficiently and maintain a consistent upload schedule.
Digital Products: Simple yet Profitable
I’ve been creating simple digital products like ebooks, workbooks, and audiobooks for over a decade now. Digital products have always been fairly easy to create and sell, but with the help of AI tools like Jasper, the process of creating content is even easier and faster.
For instance, if I want to create a digital "workbook" for freelancers to manage their money better, I would use Jasper’s “chat” feature to come up with an outline for my workbook. From there, I can ask Jasper to suggest content for each section, which I can revise and edit to my liking. I also add in my own thoughts, examples, section titles, paragraphs, etc. This helps me create high-quality digital products that provide value to my customers.
Online Courses: A Time-Tested Source of Income
I firmly believe that online courses are STILL one of the most effective ways to make serious income online in 2023. Today, I create online courses as a PUBLISHER and not as a personal brand. This means I am no longer the face of my business.
Using Jasper to help create an online course is very similar to the process used to create any other digital product. It starts with asking Jasper to come up with title ideas and a sample outline for the course. Then, I can follow a similar process to create the course content and hire freelancers if needed for recording the lessons.
Affiliate Content: A Classic Way to Make Money Online
Affiliate marketing is great because you get paid for promoting someone else’s product. The problem is that it’s hard to make money with it if you don’t know how to create affiliate content that leads to a sale. Jasper has several templates that I’ve found to be incredibly useful when it comes to creating content to promote affiliate products, such as AIDA Framework, PAS Framework, and Persuasive Bullet Points.
With Jasper's help, I can create compelling affiliate content for various platforms like websites, email newsletters, social media, YouTube, and TikTok videos.
Publishing: Navigating the Ethical Use of AI
When it comes to publishing, there are still some ethical use cases for AI. Here are a few ways I’m using it in my publishing business in 2023: idea generation, outline organization, title/subtitle ideas, book descriptions, and sales page content.
AI-Assisted Customer Support: Enhancing Customer Experience
Customer support is an essential aspect of any online business, and AI has come a long way in automating this process. By using AI chatbots and support tools, I've managed to create a more responsive and efficient customer support system for my various businesses.
These AI chatbots can handle common inquiries, troubleshoot issues, and even direct customers to relevant resources. This not only reduces the time spent on customer support but also improves the overall customer experience. Additionally, I can analyze the data collected by these AI chatbots to refine my products and services based on customer feedback.
Social Media Management: Streamlining Content Creation and Scheduling
Managing multiple social media accounts for my businesses used to be a time-consuming task. However, AI has made it much easier to create, schedule, and analyze content across various platforms.
I use AI tools to generate engaging captions, hashtags, and even images for my social media posts. This saves me a significant amount of time and ensures consistency in my social media presence. Furthermore, AI-powered scheduling tools allow me to plan my content calendar efficiently, ensuring that I can maintain a steady flow of content without being overwhelmed.
Outsourcing and Project Management: Collaborating with AI
To grow my business further, I occasionally outsource specific tasks to freelancers. AI plays a crucial role in managing these collaborations as well.
For instance, I use AI-powered project management tools to keep track of deadlines, progress, and communication with freelancers. These tools help me prioritize tasks, delegate responsibilities, and ensure that everyone is on the same page. By streamlining the outsourcing process, I can focus on the core aspects of my business while still reaping the benefits of external expertise.
The power of AI in transforming my business cannot be overstated. By harnessing its potential, I have doubled my income without significantly increasing my workload. From content creation to customer support, AI has become an indispensable tool in my journey as an entrepreneur. By embracing AI, you too can unlock new levels of efficiency and productivity, ensuring continued growth and success in your own ventures.
That's it for now, fellow entrepreneurs! I hope you've found some inspiration and practical tips on how to leverage AI for your own businesses. Remember, AI is here to assist and empower us, not replace us. So let's embrace the opportunities and create a better future together.
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